Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bacteriophage.

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  • n. A virus that is parasitic to bacteria.

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  • n. a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria

Etymologies

Ancient Greek φαγητόν (phageton, "food, consumption"), from φαγεῖν aorist of ἐσθίω, ἔδω ("to eat, to consume"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another feature of the Cal Tech undergraduate education was the opportunity to take credits as reading which I did most quarters, reading the original literature in phage genetics and gene regulation.

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  • A phage is a virus that only attacks other bacteria.

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  • Because of their predominance, it is necessary to discriminate between the various serotypes in the course of epidemiological investigations and a fairly sophisticated technique called phage typing is used for this purpose in many countries.

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  • And therefore it is called phagiphania, of phage, that is to say meat.

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  • A bacterium's immune system defends against viruses called phage.

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  • Here viruses that infect bacteria, called phage, are engineered such that each virus has on its surface coat a unique random peptide.

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  • A phage is a virus that infects bacteria, and starting fall semester, an initial cohort of 24

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  • Crab A, Meiring M, Pritchard D, Deckmyn H (2001) Identification of a collagen-binding protein from Necator americanus by using a cDNA-expression phage display library.

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  • But Comic Sans, which was part of the same release, is a true atrocity and has invaded the outside world like some kind of phage or slime.

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  • Phages I know from nothing, so I asked some of my colleagues, who thought there are problems such as phage resistance and specificity, but evidently there is still some active research into phages.

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